Dry Eye Disease
Dry Eye disease happens when the healthy tear film in your eye is disrupted, leading to a mild yet uncomfortable stinging feeling or more seriously, to problems that could threaten your ability to see. Many factors can contribute to the onset of dry eyes but most notably stem from decreased tear production, increased tear evaporation and increased risk factors. These include being an older woman, having diabetes, eating a diet low in Vitamin A, as well as a history of wearing contact lenses or having had refractive surgery.
This eye disease is a cause for concern, not only because of it’s uncomfortable nature but because it can lead to eye infections, damage to the surface of the eye and an overall decreased quality of life. To prevent this from happening, there are various precautions one can take. These include wearing protective eye wear in the sun, using artificial tears regularly, adding moisture to the air with a humidifier, and positioning the computer screen below eye level, just to name a few.
There are ways to treat the problem including a combination of therapies. Artificial tears, moisturizing gel or ointments as well as warm compresses have proved to help soothe those suffering from Dry Eye. Additionally, medication and lifestyle modifications may be recommended and prescribed to help combat symptoms. Finally, Punctal Plugs can be inserted into the drain of the upper/lower lids to help tears stay in the eyes for longer. This can be done easily and painlessly in the eye doctors office and will last for years to come. This is often used in combination with medicated drops like Cequa, Retasis or Xiidra to help eyes produce more tears for the most desirable long-term treatment and effects.
If you’re worried you might be suffering from Dry Eye symptoms, please schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options!